Winners: Yeovil College Performing Arts students win Pearson Showstopper Challenge


Eight students from the College Performing Arts course have won the Pearson BTEC Awards Showstopper Challenge and will be performing at the 2017 BTEC Awards Ceremony on Thursday 6 July in London at the world-famous Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster.

Pearson selected three winning acts (individuals and/or groups) who are invited to attend and perform live on stage at the 2017 BTEC Awards Ceremony. All performers will receive a special BTEC award and certificate.

The performers were tasked to create a performance based on the word ‘Future’ and were given only 5 minutes to perform their piece.

The students are performing a powerful interpretation piece aptly named ‘Warned’ which is about the affects humans have on the environment and how we are choosing to ignore the warnings we are given and just watch as the world slowly collapses around us. We need to make these changes for ourselves, our future selves and for our children.

Aidan Spencer, Performing Arts student, said: “We’ve had a great amount of support and encouragement throughout the course. I’m looking forward to performing in London it will be an amazing experience!”

Lucy Scott, Performing Arts Lecturer at Yeovil College, said “I’m so proud of the students for their dedication. They’re a passionate group and an inspiration to all striving to progress in the Arts industry. They are some of the most talent first year students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching and they have set the bar incredibly high.

“The win is hugely deserved and this is a chance for the students to show just how talented they really are both as individuals and as a group.”

The BTEC Awards Showstopper Challenge is open to all current BTEC students aged 14 or over.

The Yeovil College Performing Arts course explores the creative and commercial environment of performing arts by furthering the understanding of a range of performance and choreography skills with a focus on the main dance specialisms. The course includes developing skills in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Urban alongside masterclasses delivered by industry professionals.

Yeovil College has been serving the community in and around Yeovil for 130 years.  The College was first formed in 1887 when Somerset County Council began formally organising Science and Art classes in Yeovil. In 1947, the first Principal was appointed to lead Yeovil Technical College and when secondary education in the Yeovil Borough was reorganised in 1974, Yeovil College became one of the early tertiary colleges to be formed in England.

Today, Yeovil College remains passionate about its role as a key provider of education and training in South Somerset and North and West Dorset. It remains committed to its role as a tertiary college for the whole community and currently supports around 5000 full and part-time students.

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